The Newtown High School girls’ soccer team followed up its first win of the season with a resounding 5-0 victory over Brookfield High School Bobcats at Blue & Gold Stadium on Saturday night, September 20. The Nighthawks had started the season with a rough patch, tying their first two games and losing their third. However, the team seemed to find their rhythm at the end of last week getting the first win in a 2-0 victory over the host New Fairfield Rebels on September 18 and following it up with a convincing performance against Brookfield. Coach Marc Kenney said he made some adjustments tactically which helped to turn the struggles around. However he said the biggest key was the team’s play.
Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team earned a thrilling 97-89 win over visiting Weston, the defending Class S state and South-West Conference champions, on September 19. The victory gave the Nighthawks a 4-0 start to the campaign. The meet was tight throughout and the Nighthawks didn’t seize their first lead until winning the 100 yard backstroke race, the meet’s tenth event, for an 80-76 lead. Meg McDonald led the way in the backstroke event, finishing in a time of 1:03.37. Teammate Emily Payne was second in the backstroke with a time of 1:06.06.
Winning hasn’t been too much of a special occurrence for Newtown High School’s football team in recent years. The two-time South-West Conference champions, accustomed to being victorious each week, however, got a special win of sorts on September 19. Newtown’s special teams athletes played a key role in a 47-0 win at Bunnell High. In fact, six of the team’s seven touchdowns were either scored by special teams players, or set up by Newtown’s kicking team. The Nighthawks improved to 2-0 and scored 47 points for the second time in a row, coming off a 47-18 win at New Milford in week one.
Newtown High School’s girls’ and boys’ cross country teams had tough tests in visit to Pomperaug of Southbury to take on the host Panthers, as well as Brookfield and New Milford, on September 16. The girls won two races, handling Brookfield 15-50 and edging New Milford 27-32, and fell 32-23 to Pomperaug. The boys, meanwhile, dropped two of three, getting past Brookfield in a tight outcome, 28-30, and falling 41-18 to New Milford and 29-27 in a nail-biter to Pomperaug.
The new-look Nighthawks, who graduated a bulk of their regulars last year, opened the season with a tough test against Woodstock Academy on September 10, and fell 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 26-24). Newtown got into the win column the next day with a 3-1 (25-4, 25-10, 22-25, 25-14) victory at New Fairfield in the team’s first South-West Conference match of the year.
A couple of ties, followed by a tough-to-swallow loss to begin the season, left Coach Marc Kenney talking to his Newtown High School girls’ soccer team members, perhaps for the longest of the postgame evaluations that will take place this fall. Kenney hopes so, as he seeks consistency and quick development from his new-look squad this campaign. Newtown had just dropped a 3-2 decision to Bethel at Treadwell Park on September 16. The Nighthawks showed fight. They erased a 2-0 deficit to tie the score, but that comeback effort was of little consolation for Kenney, who believes his team flat-out got outworked in this contest.
Newtown High School’s field hockey team earned its first win of the season, a 3-1 victory at Masuk of Monroe on September 10, then avenged its first loss of the campaign with a 2-0 blanking of Brookfield in a rematch, at Blue & Gold Stadium on September 16. The Nighthawks, heading into a September 18 clash with Immaculate of Danbury, began the year with a 2-2 record. The Hawks bounced back from a season-opening 2-0 loss at Brookfield on September 9 to defeat Masuk the next day. They got goals from Brianna Scalfani, Emily Campbell, and Caroline Tanner. Lauren Zimmerman and Megan Kelleher had assists.
A 3-0 start is pretty nice, especially when you’ve knocked off perennial powerhouse Brookfield in the process. That’s the feeling surrounding the Newtown High School’s girls’ swimming and diving team, which defeated Brookfield, always among the top teams in the South-West Conference and state, 97-84 in the season opener on September 9.
First-year starting quarterback Jacob “Boots” Burden showed no signs of jitters in helping the Newtown High School football team to a convincing opening week victory. Burden tossed a pair of touchdown passes and ran for another score in Newtown’s 47-18 win over the host New Milford Green Wave on September 12. The victory gave the Nighthawks the Boot Trophy — awarded to the winner of this matchup each time the South-West Conference rivals meet — for the eighth straight time dating back to 2002.
Members of the back-to-back South-West Conference champion Newtown High School football team have three-peat on their radar, but they’re also hoping for even more playoff success this fall. A state title has been on the minds of the coaches and players, and they believe that with the right work ethic, winning both championships is well within reach. “There’s never a year I start the season where I don’t think that,” Coach Steve George said. “I expect to win.” That said, the coach really won’t look past the upcoming week’s game and the opponent, and that approach rubs off on his players.